Gearing up for a hectic show season

Well, summer it seems has arrived and with it comes the start of the main summer show season. The Taking Stock team will be travelling the length and breadth of the country to report from the major shows, bringing you live reporting from many and of course plenty of pictures and the inside line where we can get it.

And this year for our sins, both myself and Chrissie have picked up a plethora of judging jobs at various shows. For me it is of the sheep sections where you’ll be able to find me, my first outing was due to be Hertfordshire County, but a lack of entries due to bluetongue means my first stint will now be the interbreed group championship at Royal Bath and West.

From Shepton Mallet, next stop is Aberystwyth where I revert to my own breed and place the Southdowns. Next up is Lincolnshire County, where its the interbreed championship.

Following that will be a stint selecting young handlers at the Royal and then to wrap up the season I’m back to Southdowns again at Moreton-in-Marsh.

Chrissie, meanwhile, sticks to what she knows – beef cattle. Her first engagement will be Alyth Show, Perth, where she has the task of placing the interbreed line-up. Then the next day is fast trip south to do the heifer sweepstake and young handlers at East of England. Her final outing for the year will be Border Union, where its the interbreed once again as well as commercial beef.

Of course, we’ll also be on the other end of a halter at some point over the summer – it wouldn’t be a show season otherwise!

So, if you’re out and about at the shows this summer be sure to stop us and say hello and if you happen to come under us as judges be sure to remember that when it comes to drinks mine’s a whisky and Chrissie’s is a gin – strictly after judging of course!!